Children are a Gift: Deveion Still Waiting

A caring teenager is in need of a forever family. Deveion has been waiting a long time to get out of foster care.

TYLER - We took Deveion to the East Texas State Fair in Tyler.  He was intrigued by the livestock barns.  He met Avery Kinney who was about to show her heifer named Lady.

“You can touch her right here,” said Avery showing Deveion where to pet Lady.

“She feels like a horse,” responded Deveion as his hand slide over the heifer’s soft coat.

This 13-year-old had many questions about how to take care of the heifer and keep her clean.  Avery was happy to teach him about her 900 pound animal.

“I hope she wins first place,” said Deveion as he walked away.

“Thank you,” said Avery.

Besides animals, Deveion enjoys sports.  “I like to play football, basketball, eat healthy and watch TV when I get my work done after school.”

This 8th-grader does well in school.

“I like math and friends to get along with. Sometimes I get all A’s or sometimes A’s and B’s,” he shared proudly.

As Deveion stood watching his new friend compete in the Livestock Show, he was thrilled when the judge said Lady took first place.

Avery let Deveion hold her blue ribbon.

“Cool,” he said gazing at the prize.  “Congratulations!”

He’s hoping next it will be his turn to celebrate by finding a forever family. I asked him if he wants to be adopted.  He responded, “Yes ma’am!  I want to see what it feels like to be adopted and have brothers or a sister or have something to do like in real life.”

I went on to ask him what kind of family he would like.   He said, “Any kind. Just one who loves me.”

Deveion says he will be happy to find a family he can call his own and finally leave foster care.

To learn more about Deveion call 903-655-6211 or email

(© 2016 KYTX)


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